Lou's Reports From the Road
planned on going to Riverton,WY,after Jackson,but it fell through....
so we packed up and
headed home. It was a very long trip,made longer by the anticipation-
I collapsed into bed
for several hours,got up to eat a bite,and went back to bed...
woke up to do all
the usual sorting out after being gone for awhile,and got a call
going to Minnesota." OK,when...? "Now." Holy Cheeses!!
here we are at the Grand Casino,in Hinckley,MN....filling in for a group
that couldn't make
it,(and completing the originally planned schedule).
Oh,and by 'we',I mean
the new and improved MMB.
happened?.....well,Mick got a gig on a cruise ship,out of Galveston(Ithink)
and Mike was.....well,disinterested
is a good word.
was,they both checked out at about the same time--and the band had
Michael Fitch and Randy Harkin.
drove up from Oklahoma,and the three of us went on to Superior,WI,
and Shooter's. We
had been there before,so it wasn't quite so nerve-wracking
having an unrehearsed
rhythm section. We had the usual fumbles and false starts
one would expect from
a new lineup,but all in all,everyone managed to keep a sense of
humor and entertain
our time was up,the next job was some days away...and Marci had read
in the paper about
the Nashville Star competition being held in Minneapolis....so...
...she hurriedly downloaded/printed
the entry forms. These forms were more
more info,than the stuff I filled out to join the military!!
after page,many with ambiguous,open-ended questions....strange stuff.
But she got them completed,and
we all piled out of bed the morning of the 1st day,
so as to arrive at
the Mall of America by 9:00 AM. When we got there,
it was pretty much
a cattle-call,and it took hours to wade through the entry process.
well,(I had no doubt),and was told to be back the next day,same time.
So we drove back to
Superior...and piled out next morning,loaded the trailer& van,
and drove to Minneapolis.Thus
began one of my longest days in The Life....
at this point I'd
had precious little sleep for 2 days--but the energy level was building.
The guys and I had
pretty much done the Mall on the previous day,so we had little
to do but watch/critique
the other acts and anguish over the day's outcome---
Marci was in the second
stage of competition,so she was jazzed & worried by turns.
did well...and was told to be back the next day,at 2:00 PM....WooHoo!
....but now came the
problem...we were scheduled to be in Davenport IA,at the
Isle of Capri Casino,at
7:00 PM that day....no way to drive that distance,and be ready.
committee required a videotape,suggesting it contain
of family and friends,who were,of course,unavailable--
not to mention performances
of two songs being mandatory.
What to do?